Farm.ink –Big Data Designed for Small Farmers
This solution addresses matching farmers with buyers in Kenya for farmers
Problem DescriptionWhen it comes to harvest time many farmers start looking for a buyer for their produce. It can take weeks - farmers message their friends and family to ask if they know anyone, they visit the local market and talk to brokers. Unfortunately all too often produce is sold at below market prices or not sold at all.
Farm.Ink's mission is to create the most simple and scalable way to connect farmers and buyers. They have built the world's first market matching chatbot. Messaging the bot is just like messaging a friend. The bot can understand what the farmer is selling, where and their harvest date. It can interpret spelling errors, speak in multiple languages and help guide the farmer through the process.
"We are still in Beta, testing and refining our product with an initial group of users. However, through word of mouth alone, hundreds of farmers have contacted us asking to try our service. This means we could reach thousands of farmers not just in the first year but the first month."
- Georgia Barrie, farm.ink
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Making the case4||Business development and evaluation|
|A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users||Clarity about what warrants implementation and funding|